Denver looks to end streak vs W. Illinois
Western Illinois (9-18, 4-10) vs. Denver (7-21, 2-12)
Magness Arena, Denver; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Western Illinois looks to extend Denver’s conference losing streak to eight games. Denver’s last Summit League win came against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 74-58 on Jan. 20. Western Illinois won 75-66 at home against Oral Roberts in its last outing.
SQUAD LEADERSHIP: Denver’s Ronnie Harrell Jr. has averaged 13.2 points and 5.5 rebounds while Joe Rosga has put up 11.9 points. For the Leathernecks, Kobe Webster has averaged 17.2 points and 4.4 rebounds while Brandon Gilbeck has put up 9.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.7 blocks.
WATCH OUT FOR WEBSTER: Webster has connected on 40.2 percent of the 164 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 18 over his last three games. He’s also converted 70.1 percent of his foul shots this season.
SLIPPING AT 68: Western Illinois is 0-18 when it allows at least 68 points and 9-0 when it holds opponents to less than 68.
ASSIST RATIOS: The Leathernecks have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Pioneers. Denver has an assist on 27 of 71 field goals (38 percent) over its previous three outings while Western Illinois has assists on 36 of 77 field goals (46.8 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Western Illinois offense has recorded a turnover on only 16.1 percent of its possessions, which is the 23rd-lowest rate in the nation. The Denver defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 15.9 percent of all possessions (ranked 327th among Division I teams).